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Premises liability rules in Massachusetts

If an individual is hurt on another person’s property, the property owner is generally held responsible for that injury. In some cases, someone who occupies an apartment may be held to the same standard that a landowner would be held to in a premises liability case. When determining the extent of a property owner’s liability, the law looks at whether or not the injured party was allowed to be on the property.

5 injured in 2-vehicle Massachusetts Turnpike crash

State troopers say that five people became injured in an accident involving two vehicles on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The crash happened shortly after 5 a.m. on April 26 in Charlton after a westbound Cadillac CTS ran into the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Three of the Cadillac occupants were ejected. Suffering serious injuries, they were transported to a Worcester hospital via ambulance.

Products liability cases in Massachusetts

If you have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, you may have the basis for filing a products liability lawsuit against the parties responsible for placing it on the market. A claim may exist if the product warnings were inadequate as well as if it was inherently dangerous due to its defect.

A look at options when another driver is at fault in a car crash

Massachusetts drivers may be interested in some information about their legal options when they are involved in a crash that is not their fault. Depending on the actions of their insurance companies, they may need to retain their own legal counsel in order to get compensation.

Driving tips for wet weather

With the arrival of spring in Massachusetts, drivers can expect plenty of wet weather. Wet road conditions can be hazardous, and in fact, wet weather causes over a million car crashes per year nationwide. However, there are a number of wet weather driving strategies that can help drivers avoid accidents and car damage.

Driver who struck pedestrian will not be charged

Massachusetts authorities have announced that they will not bring charges against the driver who hit and severely injured a 22-year-old woman in Northampton in December. However, the victim’s parents allege that her injuries were made worse by the driver’s failure to quickly stop her vehicle after the collision.

Higher alcohol taxes linked to fewer fatal car accidents

When a state raises the excise tax on alcohol, there may be a chance that fatal car accidents will go down. According to a new study, small tax hike of less than a penny per glass of beer or wine and less than a nickel per glass of liquor could reduce fatal alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes by over 25 percent. Accidents involving young people experienced an even greater decline, and accidents with drunk drivers went down by the same amount. These findings could have important implications for Massachusetts drivers and tax payers.

Teenagers often distracted while driving

According to a recent study, most Massachusetts teenagers may know that texting and driving might increase the risk of becoming involved in a car accident. However, they may not know that there are other activities that might cause them to become distracted. According to the results of the study, released on March 18, some teenagers may change their clothing, put on makeup or even do their homework while operating a vehicle.

The differences between contributory and comparative negligence

When a car accident occurs, the persons involved in the accident have the right to sue for damages caused by the incident. When determining the outcome of the case, the most important factor taken into consideration is negligence. Since more than one party is often at fault, many states, including Massachusetts, make use of a theory known as comparative negligence.

Massachusetts fatal automobile accident

An early morning automobile accident in New Bedford, Massachusetts, resulted in the untimely death of a 22-year-old passenger. The driver, a 19-year-old girl, survived with only minor injuries.

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